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God’s Word says Heaven awaits all the saints of His kingdom, but how many of us really know what Heaven will be like?
Billy Graham answers your most common questions about heaven, such as:
What is Heaven?
What does the resurrection of Jesus have to do with Heaven?
Will we recognize and be reunited with our loved ones?
Is anything about Heaven imperfect or incomplete?
Will we be judged in Heaven or receive rewards in Heaven?
I’ve been thinking quite a bit about material possessions recently. In the Bible there’s a spectrum of wealth that ranges from the destitute (think the prophet out in the wilderness) to the opulent (think the kings). Both find favor in God, yet they live in vastly different economic conditions.
There do seem to be certain guidelines for giving that we have in our churches. But beyond that, what are we to do with our money? Should we give everything beyond our basic necessities to the church or charity? Or is there room in a Biblical view of money for buying something outside of what we need to survive?
There are a lot of different, related questions lurking beneath the simple “Is tithing mandatory for Christians?” The Bible clearly and repeatedly stresses the importance of generosity—but what does that mean in practical terms? Here are a few questions to mull over as you consider the issue of tithing:
Do you think the 10%-of-your-income tithing ratio is mandated by Scripture? If not, is there another formula mandated?
Should we consider outside-of-church giving to be separate from our tithe to church, or are they all part of the Biblical tithe?
Have you ever been torn between tithing to church and giving to other worthy, but non-church, causes?
How seriously does your church take tithing? If you went a month without giving anything to church, would your church take notice? Would they leave that entirely to your own discretion, treat it as a matter of church discipline, or something in between?
What formula or style of giving feels most appropriate and Biblical to you?
That’s a lot of questions, and I’d like to unpack some of them in future posts. But for now, watch the CNN video above and stop by Out of Ur to follow the discussion there.
Barabbas in the Bible - a Christian perspective Chris says: We're only told that that's what he was called. It seems plausible that he had another name given how many biblical characters have alternate names, but I'm not sure. Any Hebrew scholars have an insight into this one?